Ernest Hemingway on His First Novel

When I was twenty-five, I read novels by Somersault Maugham and Stephen St. Vixen Benét.

They had written novels, and I was ashamed because I had not written any novels.

So I wrote The Sun Also Rises when I was twenty-seven, and I wrote it in six weeks, starting on my birthday, July 21st, in Valencia, and finishing it September 6th, in Paris.

But it was really lousy and the rewriting took nearly five months.

Maybe that will encourage young writers so they won’t have to go get advice from their psychoanalysts.

~ Ernest Hemingway


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